For all you Nick Saban fans out there, enjoy the game on Thursday night. I, for one, will be cheering like hell for Alabama. I was never a fan of the Tide before Saban took over, but I can honestly say that after The U, they’ve become my favourite team.
I’ve gotten into some pretty tough back and forth debates over Saban on some other posts over the year and now I wish to put them all out there at once:
Nick Saban is NOT a quitter – he just realized that he was a much better college coach than professional coach and that he enjoyed it more. Why would we want him to stay and finish a job that he didn’t want to do? Better to be gone and to be happy. The Bama job is one of the top 10 best jobs in college football. They don’t open up very often and when you get the chance you take it. I would have done the exact same thing. Would you?
2) Nick Saban is NOT a liar. I get that the fact that TECHNICALLY he didn’t tell the truth to the media/team/fans, but what choice did he have? If he says he’s interested in the job, he loses his team. If he waits until the season is over, the speculation never ends and the media pressure becomes stronger with every week (like going for an undefeated season). He still loses the team. If he says no, he loses the job. Looking back, I just wish Saban had resigned immediately (with 3 games to play) and taken the job. It would have saved us all a lot of grief and maybe salvaged a bit of his reputation in Dolphin country.
3) Nick Saban did NOT ruin the Dolphins franchise. How soon we all forget the Wannstedt years. This point is highly debatable, but I think he left the franchise in better shape than he found it. The Culpepper over Brees choice doesn’t look good in hindsight, but when your team doctors are telling you that Brees may never throw again, what choice would you make? Every other team passed him over as well and unless you’re NE, Indy or San Diego, the whole league probably regrets that choice.
4) Nick Saban belongs in college football. Like him or not, he’s won everywhere he’s been and (me thinks) he will go down as one of the best college coaches of all time. Just like Charlie Weiss proved that NFL coaches don’t make good college coaches, Saban proves the same in reverse. Saban is a control freak and a disciplinarian, which is what many young college men need at that stage in their lives.
At the end of the day, as much as I like Saban, I’m glad he’s no longer with us. Things don’t always work out in life and when they don’t, it’s better to cut your losses and move on ASAP. We had to suffer through the Cam Cameron era before we got the Trifecta but now we fans sit here and celebrate the bright future the team has ahead.